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I'm wondering if anyone can help me figure out what breed my dog is. I got her from a rescue and they told me she was a lab mix with a Catahoula leopard dog. I think she is obviously part Dane and many people have told me that. In her oldest picture she is around 9 months. Anyone have any input about the Catahoula side, or anything regarding her breed in general? Thanks!
 

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How big is she right now?
 

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Thank you! I'm not sure how much she weighs, last time we went to the vet she was 60lbs but that was around 3 months ago. She has super long legs and is about up to my mid-thigh and I am 5'8". I know those are not good measurements at all haha but that is all I have right now!
 

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I was thinking she could even be a purebred Great Dane. They come in that color. . .I don't really see anything else.
 

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Looks like a blue merle Great Dane to me. Infact she looks exactly like my co-workers Dane except on hers the other front leg is all black. Did the rescue have her mother as well or any info on how she ended up in the shelter?
 

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How old was she when she weighed 60 lbs at the last vet visit? She doesn't quite look pure dane to me. The muzzle shape doesn't seem quite right but that could be due to the angle of the pictures. Also, if she's 9 months in the top picture, she looks too small in comparison to the car seat. As for what she's mixed with though, I don't have a good guess. She a gorgeous girl though, so whatever she is she's 100% adorable :D
 

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My Big boy, is a Lab Mixed with Possibly Catahoula, he weighs roughly 55 pounds and is about 24 Inches tall. Its also been suggested he has Great
dane in him. (A real posibility looking at Siblings sizes, 85, 98, 118, 120, and 135 at last talk) I say there were two Daddies XD! Either way your GIRL is gorgeous!!
 

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I would say great dane and lab. From what I have seen shelters tend to list any mottled/merle coated breed as a Catahoula mix when half the time they probably are not even one ounce of Catahoula.
 

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I would say that she is not full Dane, but definitely has some Dane in her. I would say possible Lab/Dane or Catahoula/Dane...

Looks like a blue merle Great Dane to me. Infact she looks exactly like my co-workers Dane except on hers the other front leg is all black. Did the rescue have her mother as well or any info on how she ended up in the shelter?
Oh and another thing :) I wanted to correct animalcracker, just so no one is confused.
In the Great Dane breed this coloring is only called Merle, not "Blue Merle"... that name goes for other breeds but not Danes. In order for a Great Dane to be considered a Blue Merle, it would need a blue nose and blue splotches on top of the grey base.
A Merle in Great Danes has black splotches on top of the grey base and a black nose. Callahan would be considered a Merle Great Dane and this dog above (if it is indeed a Great Dane mix) would be considered a Merle as well.

Just wanted to make that clear because that is often a misconception with my heart breed. :)

Cute pup BTW :)
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I have a Catahoula/Great Dane mix. He is now 7 months old and I would be willing to bet yours is a Catahoula/Lab mix as well.
My profile picture is of mine when he was 4 months and 55 lbs. He is now 77 lbs. They have great personalities and are very loveable dogs. Aren't we lucky? :)
 

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thanks everyone. i was a little off before she is around 9 months now (her birthday was estimated by the shelter) so the oldest picture of her above she was about 5 months. WAY OFF, i apologize. Now she is 2 feet tall and a long one. her paws are giant. Sometimes I think she is pure bred great dane but I dont think her snout is big enough. Definitly at least part merle great dane tho. i think its a toss up between catahoula and lab, but i know nothing about the catahoula breed except they are used for hunting and herding. She nips at my ankle when I pace the kitchen so i think that may be why unless thats all dogs :) thanks for the imput and the compliments everyone! these pics are recent*


 

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I was thinking she could even be a purebred Great Dane. They come in that color. . .I don't really see anything else.
nope...the hair is too long for one thing, nose is too pointy. A lot of shelters and rescues that aren't well versed in danes though will often mislabel a dane mix with merle markings as a catahoula, so there is a great possibility that there is none of that in her. Could be another mix. I've seen GD/GSD mixes in the merle coat that looked quite similar, or lab/dane...it's hard to tell really.

Just looked at the last pics, the muzzle has filled out..I'm definitely seeing more dane now in the latter pics.
 

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She does seem a bit long in the leg for either catahoula or lab.

One sure way to identify a catahoula, is its ability to round up and pen cattle with no formal training. As a herder, the catahoula is a "header" rather than "heeler", meaning, they use an "in your face" approach to intimidate, rather than nipping; although, they are known as an independent thinking, problem-solving type of dog, and very gentle with their families. I once had a cur who tried to move us through the house by grasping a wrist (very gently).

On the hunt, I believe the cur and the Dane are very similar; either one will track it down silently and kill it if they can, or hold it at bay and call you. And I'm pretty sure, either would step between you and any danger without hesitation.


In any case, looks like you got an exceptional dog there.
 

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You have just made my night.
I too rescued a Catahoula but was told that he was a beagle mix.
He is at 11 months now and only 64 lbs but looks exactly the same as yours.
The same as in shape and size, he is all black except for the tuxedo he has on.
Many people too comment and say he is a Great Dane mix but because he is only at about 24 inches high I feel he is not.

Does yours lean against your body or your seats with her rear end? Like she is resting? Because that is what mine does all the time.
This is him as a 3 month old puppy and at 9 months.
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